The Magnificat  Weekly

St. Mary's Episcopal Church      
Crystal Lake IL

Weekly E-Newsletter                                         October 31, 2019

In This Issue

Worship Times
Sundays, 8 & 10 am
Coffee Hour fellowship  follows both services;
join us for treats, and conversation.


Clergy & Staff
Amy Noe, Parish Administrator
Parish Vestry  (term expires)
Tracy Higgins, Warden (1/20)
Steve Brooks, Warden (1/21)
Cate Williams, Treasurer
(1/20)   Amy Koegel, Judy Thornton, Sally Van Vranken
(1/21)   Stacy Cook
(1/22)  Heather Horeled, Lorraine Taylor

Monthly Events
The next CRYSTAL LAKE FOOD PANTRY volunteer opportunity is Friday, November 8.  Shift times are 8:30-11:30 a.m., or 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.  Contact Cate Williams if you can help.  

A FREE COMMUNITY MEAL  is offered at St. Mary's on the third Saturday of every month.  The meal is served from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., and ALL are welcome.  There is no RSVP required.   Free will donations will be accepted.  Please watch the newsletter and website for the menu, which will be published a week or two before the event.  The next  Community Meal is Saturday, November 16.

We Pray For
Parishioners: Marion,
Cindy, John, Glenice, John, Amalia, Elmer, Harry, Shirley, Cate, Amy, Gladys, El, Carol, Lorraine, Steve, Margaret, Judy,  Bob,  John, Matthew, and Elizabeth, Galen & Betsy, and all those seeking employment
Family/Friends: Neil and Des, Shannon and family, Sarah Margaret, Rick, Sylvia, Jess, Betty and Del, Elyse and Chris, Al and Karen, Peggy, Denise, Gabriel, Rev. Bill Beachy, Mark,  Joanne, Lauren,  Lynn, Rachel, Maria,  Kay, Cora,  Saul, Susan, Brian, Mark,  Tom, Tom,  Pat, Billy, Gary, Kevin,  Kelly, Carole, Kurt, Gail, Regina, Sue, Maggie, Nicci, Sarah

Those Serving in the
Armed Forces
Michael, Jeremy

Birthdays Oct. 31 - Nov. 6
11.5  Peter Carroll
11.6  Gail Head

October 31-November 6
11.3  Elmer & Roseann

If you would like your name added to the birthday / anniversary list, please contact  Amy  in the Parish Office.




Quick Links


News from The Episcopal Cafe

From the Rector

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary's,

This Sunday we will be celebrating the Feast of All Saints' . This service is an important tradition here at St. Mary's and it is a major feast day in the life of the church. It is a celebration of Resurrection as we remember all the Saints of the Church and all of our loved ones, friends, family members and neighbors who have entered into eternal life. Following the 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., services we will be going out to the Churchyard to read the names of all those who are buried in this sacred space. At the 10:00 a.m. service the choir will be leading us in special music and hymns for this occasion. We are blessed to have organist Marsha Webster with us this Sunday. Marsha has over thirty years of experience playing the organ in churches and directing church choirs. Our neighbor, Kurt Majzner, will be playing the bagpipes and leading us out to the Churchyard. Following the service all are welcome to a festive coffee hour hosted by Claudia and Steve Siler, and Lorraine Taylor. Please join us for this celebration.

Our 2020 pledge campaign is well underway and I thank those of you who have already turned in your pledge cards.  We are asking that pledges be turned in by Sunday November 24, when we will be celebrating Thanksgiving with one 9:00 a.m. service and a pot luck brunch in the Great Hall.  Please sign up to bring a dish to share; the sign-up sheet is in the Great Hall. Let us gather to give thanks for all the blessings of this parish and of this life.

From November 1 through November 30 you can do your Christmas shopping online with Thirty One and 20% of the total cost will go directly to St. Mary's. Click here , and start shopping. If you don't want to shop online, Fran has catalogues available that you can look at during Coffee Hour.  This is a fund raiser for St. Mary's thanks to our neighbor Claudia Majzner, who sells Thirty One products.


Don't forget the time change this weekend!!   Set your clocks BACK
1 HOUR before bed on Saturday.
ReVive Center for Housing and Healing Christmas Basket Program

St. Mary's is once again participating in the ReVive Center's Christmas Basket Program. This is a wonderful opportunity for members of our Parish to purchase Jewel gift cards or shop for individual Christmas gifts for some of the most impoverished families of our metropolitan area. This year we have been asked to sponsor 8 families; a total of 28 individuals.

Please see the display in the Great Hall for complete details, and to sign up to purchase gifts or gift cards.  All gifts and gift cards are to be brought to St. Mary's by Sunday, December 1.  

Please contact me if you have any questions.   Thank you to everyone for continuing to make this fun outreach ministry so meaningful and successful!

Cate Becker,
2019 Christmas Basket Ministry Coordinator

Upcoming Concert Opportunities: 
Sunday, November 3, 2019

Voices in Harmony : This local community choir will be performing at 4:00 p.m. at the First Congregational Church ; 461 Pierson St., Crystal Lake.   Parishioners Catherine and Peter Carroll , are members of this choir, and Peter is the featured soloist in the major piece of this performance. Don't miss it!!   Tickets for the One Voice: For Peace concert are available online here, or by calling 815-356-7464. Prices are $20 adult / $15 senior.   More information can be found on the bulletin board in the office hallway.

Historic Organ Concert: Holy Communion Episcopal Church in Lake Geneva, will be presenting an award concert at 5:00 p.m. , followed by a reception.   Tickets are $15/concert, or $35/concert and dinner. Ticket order forms and complete concert information are available on the bulletin board in the office hallway.
Leaf Raking Service Project

Do you know someone that needs help with their Fall leaf raking? The National Honor Society at Crystal Lake Central High School can help!! Contact the Crystal Lake Central NHS here.  
Crystal Lake Food Pantry

Volunteers: The next food pantry volunteer opportunity is Friday, November 8 .   Shift times are 8:30-11:30 a.m., or 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.   Contact Cate Williams if you can help.

Paper Please: Donations of paper goods are greatly needed at the Crystal Lake Food Pantry. The pantry is not able to buy paper goods through the food bank , and clients are not able to use their SNAP benefits to purchase any paper goods such as toilet paper , Kleenex , paper towels , and napkins . Bring them to the church any time, and your Board members will get them over to the pantry. Paper goods are items that are lightweight, easy to carry and low cost that can be donated and will be appreciated by the clients . Thank you!!
Save the Date!!!
Sunday December 8
11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Advent is coming
and so is St. Nicholas!

You won't want to miss the
Intergenerational St. Nicholas festival at St. Mary's!

Come meet a special visitor, Make Christmas crafts, share homemade cookies and have a great lunch. 
This event is for  all ages!   Invite friends, neighbors, bring your children and grandchildren, 
and young-at-heart adults.
29th Annual Community Harvest

The Crystal Lake Community Harvest combines the efforts of the Crystal Lake Chamber and the Crystal Lake Food Pantry to collect food and funds throughout the Fall to be distributed to local families during the winter months.

Grocery bags can be found in the Narthex, with a list attached of needed items.   Please take a bag, fill it with your donations, and return it to church on Sunday, November 24th.   For monetary donations, checks may be made payable to the Crystal Lake Food Pantry , with notation " Community Harvest". All donations will be blessed and then taken to the Food Pantry.

On Thanksgiving morning, November 28, 8:00-10:00 a.m., volunteers will help organize the donations . If you would like to volunteer, sign-up here.    Please help the pantry reach it's 2019 goal of 75,000 pounds of food, and $75.000.   No donation is too small. Thank you!!
November Community Meal

Please join us this  Saturday, November 16 the date of our next free , monthly Community Meal . Meals are served between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Remember, this meal is open to anyone, and no RSVP is required. There is no charge for the meal, but free-will donations are appreciated. Bring your family and friends! If you would like to volunteer at future meals, please contact Tracy Higgins.  
November's Menu: 
Salad,  Southwest Chicken Chili, 
Homemade Cornbread, Dessert

15th Annual Free
Thanksgiving Dinner
Thursday, November 28
12:00 Noon (one seating)
Our friends at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Barrington, are once again hosting a Free Thanksgiving Dinner, open to anyone. There will be plenty of food, music, entertainment and fellowship for the entire family.   If you are interested, please call the office so they can be prepared with enough treats for everyone!
St. Michael's Episcopal Church
647 Dundee Ave.     Barrington, Il
St. Mary's Episcopal Church |   210 McHenry Ave.   |   Crystal Lake IL  60014-6009
815-459-1009    |